It's little more than an unfortunate turn of events but Hideo Kojima isn't taking it lightly.
This past week, Konami Japan announced that the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for the PSP wouldn't make its original March 18 launch date. Instead, the game had been pushed until April 29 and although it's a time gap of less than 6 weeks, this hasn't gone over well with the MGS mastermind. According to what Kojima said on his blog (as translated by Andriasang ), this is something that just isn't done and the team likely got a good tongue-lashing. Said Kojima:
"I always preach to the staff, 'You must not have a delay after a release date has been announced. There is no greater crime as a game developer.' Official announcement of a release date is nothing less than a promise to fans and business partners. In other words, a release date change is like betraying the expectations of everyone."
Wow. If you think this guy is laughing off this delay, think again. We're wondering how many other designers think like this; if they're so involved with their production that they take a delay rather personally. Kojima believes they've lost some trust due to this setback and that it will "probably take a long time to earn back" that trust. Currently, the team is working really hard to put the finishing touches on this handheld gem, and that's good enough for us. Don't be so hard on yourself, Kojima!
Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker